Jan. 17th, 1969
Lambeth, London, England, UK
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Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born January 17, 1969) is a British actor. He is best known for portraying Sayid Jarrah in the television series Lost, Kip in the film The English Patient and Sanjay in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. For his role on Lost, Andrews was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2006.
Andrews was born in Lambeth, London, the son of Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both Malayali Nasrani immigrants from Kerala, India. He was brought up in Wandsworth, South London, and had what he has described as a "very repressive" upbringing. Andrews was brought up in the Methodist denomination. At the age of 16, while at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins; seven years later they had a son, Jaisal, born in 1992.
Andrews auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. His studies paid off when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's film, London Kills Me (1991). Andrews starred in the 1993 BBC miniseries Buddha of Suburbia. In 2006, he was voted one of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful People. He also starred in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Bride and Prejudice (2004). He is currently starring in American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time In Wonderland (2013), a spin off from Once Upon a Time.
Andrews was in a relationship with Geraldine Feakins from 1985 to 1991. He was later in a relationship with actress 'Barbara Hershey' starting in 1999; they lived together in Los Angeles. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son, Naveen Joshua, with Czech-French actress Elena Eustache. He and Hershey later reconciled. However, he and Hershey announced in May 2010 that they had separated six months earlier. He has been involved in an ongoing custody dispute with Eustache over their son; on January 7, 2009 Andrews was granted sole legal and physical custody of the child.
Andrews has spoken about his alcoholism and his two-year addiction to heroin in the mid-'90s.
Andrews also plays guitar and sings, while tap-dancing to his own tune as a hobby. He became a naturalised US citizen on May 27, 2010.
- Attended the "Guildhall Schoolof Music and Drama" along with 'Ewan McGregor' (qv) and 'David Thewlis' (qv).
- His first name means "new" in Sanskrit.
- Currently lives with his partner, actress 'Barbara Hershey' (qv), who is 21 years his senior.
- Has a son 'Jaisal' with Geraldine Feakins
- At the age of 16 he caused a stir by moving in with his teacher, Geraldine Feakins.
- Although he portrays an Iraqi on the show Lost, he is actually British, of Indian descent.
- A fan of country music
- Was voted Sexiest Survivalist in 2005 by People Magazine.